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  1. Sergio Amaro

    Sergio Amaro

    Sergio Amaro
  2. ProducerPaula Gardner

    Paula Gardner

    What It’s Really Like to Freelance
    What It’s Really Like to FreelanceI always have a small percentage of my career coaching clients who have the dream of going freelance. Whether it’s about getting away from the 9-5, or just the lure of a more independent lifestyle, the freelance dream is calling to them.  As I have...


    Paul Walters
    24/06/2016 #7 Paul Walters
    Ah Paula, The freedom of freelancing !!! I embarked on this career five years ago after selling my ad agency with a staff of 50 plus. It was liberating and terrifying all at the same time but the benefits far outweigh the downside. I now live in Bali where time moves at a more agreeable pace and tap out pieces and books that I hope people read. However beware!!!! A terminal disease can creep up and getcha ! Sloth and procrastination, which at times embraces me in its clutches like a hungry python. ( actually it can be rather pleasant sometimes, having the life squeezed out of one when a deadline looms) Oh ,and one more thing, don't delegate to the cat, they will seldom listen and give not a toss about deadlines. Good Luck !
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    23/06/2016 #6 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Freelancers and start-up entrepreneurs are cut from the same cloth. This year, I started offering an annual contract. I gave a break on fees in return for an annual commitment. I don't even charge extra for the occasional "emergency piece." Contract clients have priority on my time and pay less. Both they and I can budget more effectively. It's a win-win. "On-call clients" were disappointed when I had to refuse jobs both for the Facebook ChatBot and MS/LI announcements. I would rather refuse a job than miss a deadline.

    I haven't missed a deadline yet and have no intention of starting now.

    re: "Setting boundaries is a must. This means that family and friends need to “get” that you’re not 100% available," that applies to clients too. One drawback to the freelance lifestyle is that I'm always at work. Clients know they can usually reach me anytime between 07:00 and 23:00 GMT-5, weekends and holidays included. Surprisingly, no one abuses the privilege.
    Juan Imaz
    23/06/2016 #5 Juan Imaz
    by the way, welcome to beBee! @Paula Gardner
    Juan Imaz
    23/06/2016 #4 Juan Imaz
    Being a freelance in Spain, where you have lived, it is not very easy. We pay more taxes and have less advantages than many others. Now that we are in elections time everybody are making proposals but at the end of the day they do nothing...
    Catalina Serrano
    23/06/2016 #3 Catalina Serrano
    Good Producer @Paula Gardner! Freelancing has many good things but as you said, there are also downsides like the uncertainty about income and the need of adaption to the digital and continuous evolution as well as the organization of your time. Welcome to beBee and hope to read more of your content!
    Elizabeth Harris
    23/06/2016 #2 Elizabeth Harris
    Definitely to go for freelancing as a career doesn't mean that you are going to have lots of free time, but it does mean that you can manage it as you please since you are the only owner of it! Nice article to start with @Paula Gardner View more
    Definitely to go for freelancing as a career doesn't mean that you are going to have lots of free time, but it does mean that you can manage it as you please since you are the only owner of it! Nice article to start with @Paula Gardner welcome! Close
    Oliver Moloney
    23/06/2016 #1 Oliver Moloney
    Hello @Paula Gardner, congratulations on a great first production and welcome to beBee!
  3. ProducerClaire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    Pros and Cons of using Shipping Containers for your New Home
    Pros and Cons of using Shipping Containers for your New HomeFor most people the idea of building a house out of shipping containers is not the first thing that comes to mind.  Not many people know the benefits of constructing their homes out of shipping containers and the fact that they can be modified to...


    Claire Cardwell
    27/06/2016 #10 Claire Cardwell
    #9 Hi Gerald, it would also be very easy to raise the containers on stilts to mitigate flood damage too. Have a great day!
    Gerald Hecht
    27/06/2016 #9 Gerald Hecht
    #8 @Claire Cardwell This was great!!! Where I live, down in Louisiana hurricane country, this concept could not only be creative design/architecture, but a lifesaver. I'm remembering Katrina and FEMA trailers
    Claire Cardwell
    26/06/2016 #8 Claire Cardwell
    #6 Thanks Gerald, have a great Sunday!
    Gerald Hecht
    25/06/2016 #6 Gerald Hecht
    @Phil Friedman @Milos Djukic @Rebel Brown @Irene Hackett
    Gerald Hecht
    25/06/2016 #5 Gerald Hecht
    @Claire Cardwell If removal of the hazmat/chemical residues are doable or mostly doable...this is the most awesome, hurricane proof fortress loft I can possibly imagine. Here in Baton Rouge, I can snag those things right off the Mississippi River in minutes!
    Claire Cardwell
    20/06/2016 #4 Claire Cardwell
    #3 Thanks Donna-Luisa - I am doing a lot of research into affordable and sustainable housing options that could be used for low-cost/rdp housing here in SA.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    20/06/2016 #3 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Great post Claire Caldwell. There are many off site project offices made with these containers locally in Trinidad. They are well ventilated and air-conditioned! Great recycling option. Thanks for sharing!
    Claire Cardwell
    20/06/2016 #2 Claire Cardwell
    #1 Thanks Ken, there's a similar market in Melville, Johannesburg called 27 boxes which is really cool. However I feel that building with shipping containers will catch on in coastal regions here in SA more than Johannesburg - it's a good 5-6 hour drive (in a fast car) from Joburg to Durban... And about 24- 36 hours to Cape Town.....
    Ken Boddie
    20/06/2016 #1 Ken Boddie
    Interesting and well researched post, @Claire Cardwell. As you say, an under-utilised product/material just begging for appropriate recycling! We have a weekend food and trinkets market, here in Brisbane, built with recycled shipping containers, but they are much more basic than some of the surprisingly aesthetically appealing dwellings shown in your photos. 👍 I'm sharing this one in Interesting Engineering, Technology and Discoveries.
  4. ProducerClaire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    8 Advantages of Using Straw Bales to Build your House
    8 Advantages of Using Straw Bales to Build your HouseStraw bales are an extraordinary material for building,  Straw bale construction is superbly energy efficient, environmentally safe, easy to work with, and can be used to build structures that are durable, innovative, and beautiful.  Straw houses...


    Ken Boddie
    09/06/2016 #17 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for the info, @Claire Cardwell. I'll have a look over the weekend #16
    Claire Cardwell
    08/06/2016 #16 Claire Cardwell
    #2 Hi Ken, it seems that straw bale building is taking off in SA at long last. In fact the largest straw bale building in the world is the Didmala Lodge in Limpopo - see links below. http://inhabitat.com/five-star-didimala-lodge-is-the-world%E2%80%99s-largest-strawbale-building/worlds-largest-strawbale-bldg-1/
    Claire Cardwell
    08/06/2016 #15 Claire Cardwell
    #3 Thanks James, I am hoping that it will be used more in SA, it's certainly v. cheap and easy to build.
    Claire Cardwell
    08/06/2016 #14 Claire Cardwell
    #9 Thank you Lada! I really think that Straw bale building will be the solution to the housing shortages here in SA.
    Claire Cardwell
    08/06/2016 #13 Claire Cardwell
    #10 Hi Franci, as the straw is so tightly baled there is not much air to fuel the fire.
    Ken Boddie
    08/06/2016 #12 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for filling in the blanks, @Lada Prkic. #9
    Stephanie Lamoureux
    07/06/2016 #11 Anonymous
    What an amazing idea! I never knew straw could be used as a building material! Cool post.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    07/06/2016 #10 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    This is most interesting, Claire Caldwell. I didn't know there were so many benefits to building with straw. I thought the flammability would be an issue but perhaps if it is densely baled, then it's possibility is reduced.
    Lada Prkic
    07/06/2016 #9 Lada Prkic
    #5 Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie. Natural materials and building techniques are one of my favourite subjects regarding civil engineering. There are many research papers on straw bale published by large standards organizations like ASTM, as well as many academic journal papers. In US and Canada, as far as I know, the Straw Bale Construction Building Codes have been adopted in 2013. Thanks for interesting article @Claire Cardwell.
    Maja Vujovic
    06/06/2016 #8 Maja Vujovic
    #7 Thanks, Ken @Ken Boddie. My memories are 20-yrs old, of course, the situation might have changed since. But alas, at the time, this would only happen in rural areas, while urban communities were awash in concrete, owing to the fact that the local elites had shares in cement factories and... well, you get the logic. The concrete of course is susceptible to mildew, tends to crumble after a while and does not "breathe" well, not to mention how ugly it looks when big black living blotches overtake it randomly... So that glorious building tradition was on the brink of extinction. I hope and prey it will enjoy a revival.
    Ken Boddie
    06/06/2016 #7 Ken Boddie
    Great observation, @Maja Vujovic. Certainly Sri Lanka has a history of impressive structures and technology. I remember touring there in the 1970s and being particularly impressed by the ruins of Anuradhapura. #6
    Maja Vujovic
    06/06/2016 #6 Maja Vujovic
    I've seen many traditionally built houses when I lived in Sri Lanka, and seen people first-hand erect them very quickly. The prevalent material there is straw mixed with dung, which of course dries up in the sun and gives off no odours. It's also very easy to patch up any cracks over time. You wouldn't believe the solid shade and coolness this provides inside, without any mildew anywhere. And Sri Lanka is very humid, plus battered with monsoon twice yearly, for months on end.
    Ken Boddie
    06/06/2016 #5 Ken Boddie
    I seem to remember that @Lada Prkic recently posted on the use of straw bales. Are you aware of any credible research on this topic, Lada, in relation to my comments in #2 below?
    Dean Owen
    06/06/2016 #4 Dean Owen
    Fascinating. I wonder how they would hold up in a humid climate though. I am guessing quite well since as you mention, thatched roofs have long been used in England - Hence Margaret Thatcher came from a family tree of thatchers.
    James Smith
    06/06/2016 #3 James Smith
    I could've thought that this kind of material would be very flamable but now I see the solution for this, it's interesting how much materials are coming up for sustainable projects. I think that these kind of techniques should be taken to 3rd world countries in a massive way so people can start having a roof over their heads. Great share @Claire Cardwell
    Ken Boddie
    06/06/2016 #2 Ken Boddie
    Interesting concept, Claire. As with all innovative materials, I suspect it may be hard to establish as an alternative concept for large scale housing, outside the one-off novelty, without credible research regarding its longterm durability, strength, fire resistance, resistance to insects, etc. Has much research been done in South Africa on these aspects and is there any sign of it being adopted with any confidence as a viable alternative to more conventional materials?
    Christopher Taylor
    06/06/2016 #1 Christopher Taylor
    I had heard of straw being used for sound proofing but this is a fantastic use of a material that as the article indicates is largely 'waste material'. Great ideas here!
  5. ProducerClaire Cardwell

    Claire Cardwell

    Should I use Hemp to build my House?
    Should I use Hemp to build my House?Did you know that buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the world? Hemp  can be used to make many things including furniture, walls, shelves, and now Hempcrete which is an alternative to concrete.   Hempcrete  is...


    Claire Cardwell
    20/06/2016 #7 Claire Cardwell
    #1 Thanks Richard, I think one of the problems we have to over come in SA is that it is still illegal to commercially produce hemp. Although this should soon change....
    Claire Cardwell
    08/06/2016 #6 Claire Cardwell
    #1 Thanks Richard, as Hemp grows so quickly and doesn't need extensive irrigation or pesticides I really believe it's a viable solution for the housing shortages here in SA.
    Claire Cardwell
    08/06/2016 #5 Claire Cardwell
    #3 Hi Ken, I think that Hempcrete buildings are still a bit far and few between here in SA, I am hoping that I will see more of them in the near future.
    Justin Thomas
    06/06/2016 #4 Justin Thomas
    It's no new information. Hemp is a fantastically versitile and guilt free solution to so much of our production worries.
    Ken Boddie
    06/06/2016 #3 Ken Boddie
    Now Hempcrete, Claire, seems to be a much more viable material for subdivision housing than the compressed straw technology you mentioned in your recent separate straw bale article. I understand that lime/hemp blocks (UCS 1MPa) are commonly used in UK with a conventional timber frame. Is this a common practice in SA? It seems to me that this may have huge potential to shake the conservative building industry into the concept of environmental awareness for all the reasons you give in your past above.
    Claire Cardwell
    06/06/2016 #2 Claire Cardwell
    #1 Thanks! I am busy researching sustainable building methods, since Hemp grows so quickly and does not need pesticides or a lot of irrigation I feel that it could be a good answer for building low cost housing here in SA.
    Richard Miller
    06/06/2016 #1 Richard Miller
    This is very interesting, it should be more popular or at least it needs more diffusion since in several countries it could be a good solution for places where there are not enough resources to build strong houses and shelter for the less fortunate. Although I don't know if it would be complicated thinking about the amount of raw material each "brick?" needs to get done. Great share!
  6. Tony Campbell

    Tony Campbell

    Think All Bi-fold Doors Are The Same? Think Again!
    Tony Campbell
    Think All Bi-fold Doors Are The Same? Think Again!
    www.linkedin.com The Folding Sliding Door Company defines the standard in handcrafted bespoke bi-fold doors, a door that encompasses unique features that you won't find, anywhere else. Like our Industry...